Turkish official: Israel initiated massive leak
Further deterioration in ties: The Israeli government initiated the massive WikiLeaks disclosure this week in the aims of pushing Turkey into a corner, a senior official in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan charged Wednesday.
"We should look at the countries that are satisfied by the leak, and Israel is very satisfied," said Huseyin Celik, the deputy chairman of Turkey's ruling party.
Celik, who also serves as the party's spokesman, said in a press conference that Turkey started to suspect that "the leak's main objective was to weaken the Turkish government."
Turkey's President Abdullah Gul already hinted Tuesday that the massive leak was the result of "systematic work." However, Gul and other government members refrained from directly naming Israel.
But Wednesday, Spokesman Celik, who is closely associated with Turkish PM Erdogan, did not hold back while emphasizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks hours before the WikiLeaks publication as a telltale sign Israel was being the leak.
"Even before the documents were exposed, they said that 'Israel won't be damaged.' How did they know?" he said.
Some 8,000 documents of the more than 250,000 to be published by WikiLeaks arrived from the American embassy in Turkey. A similar number was originated from the US embassy in Tel Aviv.